May
17

Wang dominant in AAA rehab start

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One year ago today on DotF, Chris Garcia made his first start back from Tommy John surgery, striking out six in 4.2 IP against Fort Myers.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s open thread.

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(3-0 win over Columbus) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Reegie Corona: 0 for 3
Austin Jackson, Justin Leone & Doug Bernier: all 0 for 2 – Ajax drew a walk … Leone K’ed
Todd Linden: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – he and Linden are like the Ortiz & Manny of AAA
John Rodriguez: 0 for 1, 1 K, 1 HBP – left the game after being hit by a pitch in the knee
Eric Duncan: 0 for 1, 1 BB
Chris Stewart: 1 for 2
Chien-Ming Wang: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 12-8 GB/FB – 49 of 75 pitches were strikes (65.3%) … Chad Jennings takes you through the play-by-play … I think you give him at least one more start in AAA to stretch him out, then the problem is that his and Hughes’ starts don’t line up at all

Game 2 (2-1 loss to Columbus in 8 innings)
Reegie Corona & Shelley Duncan: both 0 for 4 – Shelley K’ed
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Todd Linden & Justin Leone: both 1 for 4 – Leone K’ed
Eric Duncan: 1 for 21 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – first jack of the year
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 3, 1 2B
Luis Nunez & Doug Bernier: both 0 for 3 – Bernier K’ed twice & committed a fielding error
Brian Bruney: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (70.6%) … call me crazy, but I think his return is more important to the immediate future of the team than Wang’s
Josh Towers: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8-8 GB/FB – 48 of 66 pitches were strikes (72.7%) … very nice job
Anthony Claggett: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – just 8 of 17 pitches were strikes (47.1%)

Double-A Trenton
Game 1
(2-1 loss to Binghamton in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Eduardo Nunez, Seth Fortenberry & Justin Snyder: all 0 for 2, 1 BB – Nunez scored a run … Fortenberry swiped a bag
Colin Curtis, Edwar Gonzalez & Jose Gil: all 0 for 3 – Curtis & Gonzalez each K’ed twice, Gil once
Jorge Vazquez: 2 for 3, 2 2B – doubles his season 2B total
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7-3 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 2.08 ERA over his last 5 outings … 7.20 ERA over his first 5 outings
Game 2 (4-3 loss to Binghamton in 8 innings, walk-off style)
Eduardo Nunez, Seth Fortenberry & Marcos Vechionacci: all 0 for 4 – Nunez K’ed once, Fortenberry thrice
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 2 R
Jorge Vazquez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – big day bumps his SLG up to .633
Edwar Gonzalez & Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 BB – Edwar K’ed
Kyle Anson: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5-6 GB/FB
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 12 ER & 24 baserunners in his last 8.2 IP
Josh Schmidt: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

High-A Tampa (1-0 loss to Brevard County)
Austin Krum & Tommy Baldridge: both 1 for 3 – Krum K’ed twice … Baldridge doubled
Mitch Hilligoss & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero & Wady Rufino: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Montero allowed three steals
Austin Romine & Damon Sublett: both 1 for 4
Walt Ibarra: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Jeremy Bleich: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 10-5 GB/FB – hard luck loss … picked a runner off third … his last three starts weren’t great, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction
Grant Duff: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-3 loss to Bowling Green)
Dan Brewer: 2 for 5, 2 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Carmen Angelini, David Adams & Abe Almonte: all 1 for 5 – Angelini & Adams each K’ed once, Almonte twice … Almonte also stole a bag
Taylor Grote: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – quitely having himself a nice first full season
Corban Joseph: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Melky Mesa: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Mitch Abeita & Ray Kruml: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 6-6 GB/FB – 21-19 K/BB ratio in 35.1 IP
Casey Erickson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB
Brandon Braboy: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • A.D.

    It would be nice if Bleich didn’t suck.

  • trex

    wang thru 25 more pitches in the bullpen
    did not give up a hit according to cashman;)
    he is ready!

  • Drew

    Vasquez with 4 doubles and a HR today. Sick

    • Conan the Barack O’Brian

      hip-hip….

      • http://yankeesmtom.com steve

        Miranda isn’t in the majors and Vazquez isn’t in AAA because…..anyone? Angel Berroa is standing in the way?

        • Whozat

          The perceived need for someone else who can play the left side of the if stands in the way.

  • A.D.

    Why do they keep having AJAX in LF?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Just to make him a bit more versatile. They did the same thing with Gardner last year.

  • A.D.

    Any idea on how fast they’ll bring up Bruney?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    “Shelley Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – he and Linden are like the Ortiz & Manny of AAA

    So, Shelley’s legally dead and Linden is on feminine fertility drugs?

    http://www.instantrimshot.com

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Seriously, though:
      Shelley- .324/.393/.667 (1.060)
      Linden- .331/.410/.540 (.950)

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  • Drew

    Linden has been a good hitter throughout his MiLB career. He’s had mixed results in different visits to the show. Should we expect to see him up here this year?

    • RollingWave

      Maybe, though our OF depth this year is pretty good. and both he and Shelley kinda just fills the same roll as Swisher / Nady, but both are obviously better players.

  • robert skollar

    How can you make the analogy to Manny and Papi??????

  • Rich I.

    “Eric Duncan: 1 for 21 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – first jack of the year”

    Tough day for E-Dunc. That 1 for 21 must have really lowered the old BA.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “then the problem is that his and Hughes’ starts don’t line up at all”

    With the way the YES announcers were talking, they might be kicking around the idea of using Hughes out of the bullpen. It makes sense in a number of ways, but lets wait and see if it happens.

    • Mike Pop

      I know Billingsley, Liriano, Johan, etc were broken in through the bullpen but I don’t think I want to see Hughes in the pen.

      Just send him down, he needs to get his innings this year in order to be “ready” for the rotation next year.

      • DreDog

        Do you really want to see Kruk talking about “Hughes to 8th” next year?

        • Tony

          Hughes to the bullpen makes sense in no ways. It makes even less sense than Joba to the bullpen, if that’s possible.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            None that you will make any effort to understand, but they used Joba in the bullpen in 2007 for reasons that also apply here.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              They put Joba in the pen in ’07 because he was closing in on his innings limit and about to be shut down for the year, but they instead decided to use those last few innings in a way that could help the big league club.

              Hughes is at 36 innings on the year (MLB + AAA), so he’s got another 90-100 IP to go before he should even be considered for the pen.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                Its not just about Phil, its about using the farm to fill the needs of the big league club, which is what the farm system is there for.

                Who would you call up instead? Melancon, Robertson and Claggett are all lesser options that have been tried and failed.

                • Derby

                  That’s why we have relief pitchers in the minor leagues….so they can be relief pitchers in the big leagues!!! First of all, Melancon, Robertson have too small of sample sizes to say they suck, because if you look at their numbers, they are nearly unhittable in AAA. It’s not easy pitching your first couple of times in the big leagues, juts give them a chance. And, we all know starting pitchers are a lot more valuable than relievers, so putting Hughes into the bullpen is just downright stupid. You can’t put 1 year of a club ahead of the FUTURE of club.

            • A.D.

              Yes and no, Yes in the sense the pen wasn’t that great and they could use a boost. No in the sense that Joba had already pitched a full season in the minors & was coming to the end of his innings limit which he could either finish off in the ML pen, or making only a few more starts.

              In terms of getting the most talent you can on the 25 man, then yes it makes sense to have Hughes over someone like Tomko. In terms of Hughes development & his ability to be ready to replace starters for injuries & to go as the #5 next year, then its a step backwards. He will not get his innings and potentially won’t continue to develop his full complement of pitches. In that sense its the same as Joba, where the team needs to focus on these 2 players future & the franchise future.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                I disagree, I have always felt that Phil’s main problem was simply building confidence. His last start was a great example of that, where he came out looking great and throwing strikes to the first three batters. Then Morneau hits the HR off a decent pitch, and he walks the next two batters and isn’t the same the rest of the game.

                Limiting his exposure and using him in spots where he will be successful will be good for Hughes long term development as a starter.

                • A.D.

                  Limiting his exposure and using him in spots where he will be successful will be good for Hughes long term development as a starter.

                  That will actually just hide his weaknesses, and not allow him to develop on them, mainly going deep in games, working on 3rd & 4th pitches.

                  On top of that it won’t be useful when he’s hit his innings limit in August of ’10 and then we need to do something else for our 5th starter

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        He has nothing left to prove at AAA. The things he needs to learn will only happen on the big league level, so sending him down does nothing to further his development. Its a waste of time for both Phil and the Yankees. All he would get out of it is innings, which he could make up in the AFL like he did this year.

        • Arman Tamzarian

          A big part of his development is getting innings.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            True, but a bigger part is gaining confidence, which he won’t get by blowing away AAA hitters. He can get that by limiting his exposure and matching him up late in games.

            Also, lets not make this all about Phil. The big league club has a bullpen that can’t get anyone out on a regular basis right now and he could help. That’s the overriding concern here. Phil is here to serve the needs of the team, not the other way around.

            • A.D.

              And the team needs to make sure that they’re developing one of their best prospects, they want Phil as the #5 starter next year, for that to be true he needs to throw innings this year.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                If this is so bad for his development, then let me ask you a question. How did Joba turn out?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.....ed_herring

                  That’s not the same thing and you know it. Moreover, it’s irrelevant, as Joba’s coming up in the pen in ’07 would be wholly different than Hughes pitching in the pen in ’09. Joba used the pen to break in, get a taste of the minors, and ensure that he didn’t throw too many innings. Hughes wouldn’t be going to the pen to get a taste and break in, as he’s already had that taste and broken in, and Hughes would have his innings limited by going to the pen when we’re trying to increase his innings.

                  Horrible comp.

                • A.D.

                  If its late August/Sept and Hughes has thrown 140+ innings, then it could be interesting, but otherwise its just f-ing up his ability to start all next year.

                  The Yankees have the opportunity to stretch out Hughes this year, so he can pitch a full season next year, and not have to go through a fairly awkward transition at the ML level, which should be preferred.

                  Additionally Joba already had 3 strong & 4 good pitches, and wasn’t developing a 3rd pitch that was going to be critical to his ability to succeed at the ML level.

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                  I know no such thing. Many big league starters bounce around at the beginning of their careers. Johan Santana went from starting to the bullpen THREE times in his rookie season. Chad Billingley was first used as a starter,then a reliever, then as a starter again and is now one of the premier pitchers in the NL.

                  Just because this has devolved into a knee jerk debate on both sides I’m not going to ignore the realities of Baseball or the realities of this team. If you choose to do so, I cant help you.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Johan Santana went from starting to the bullpen THREE times in his rookie season. Chad Billingley was first used as a starter,then a reliever, then as a starter again and is now one of the premier pitchers in the NL.

                  And the fact that those two stories are true doesn’t mean either of those teams were wise in how they handled Santana or Billingsley.

                  In fact, I’d argue that the Twins yo-yoing Santana around probably delayed his rise to excellence, rather than contributing to it.

                  I agree with you that there is value in giving Hughes the experience of refining his stuff by attacking big league hitters in the lower leverage and limited exposure of pitching him in favorable conditions from the bullpen. And I’m totally in favor of moving Hughes to the bullpen this year to allow him to contribute to its success and to his.

                  I just don’t want to do it in May. I want to do it in September, after he’s thrown 160 innings already.

            • Arman Tamzarian

              That’s short sighted, if we’ve learned anything from last year, it’s that we need 8-10 starters. Also, you need him prepared to step in next year. If you put him in the bullpen it will stunt his development as he’s apt to throw his best pitches, as he can’t afford to throw his weaker pitches, becuase he’s focused on results, not his development.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                You need 8 when Carl Pavano and two rookies are in your Opening Day Rotation. 6 is fine for this ballclub, and Aceves can be our spot starter/long man.

                As far as next year goes, that can work out. He has 36 IP now, he can log another 50-60 out of the bullpen and do the Arizona Fall League again. That’s easily 120 for the season, so he could pitch 150 next year. Which as our 5th starter is all we’ll need from him.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  He can’t go to the AzFL this year because he’ll have too much service time. That’s why Joba couldn’t go last year.

                • Arman Tamzarian

                  This is my last go at this, he’s not going to develop his weaker pitches if he isn’t working on them in game situations, he won’t work on them in the bullpen, because as you said he can help our bullpen now. People bitch about the lack of player development in the system, this is player development focused on the long term.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  He has 36 IP now, he can log another 50-60 out of the bullpen and do the Arizona Fall League again. That’s easily 120 for the season, so he could pitch 150 next year. Which as our 5th starter is all we’ll need from him.

                  Or, he can just go to Scranton and keep building solid innings and maybe get to 180 instead of 150, which would help us immeasurably.

                  Look, with Mo, Coke, and Aceves looking like three quality options, and Bruney coming back soon to be a 4th, all we’re really talking about is the last three spots in the bullpen, and frankly, even if Veras and Edwar can’t handle those last three spots, chances are one of Albaladejo, Marte (when healthy again), Melancon, Robertson, Claggett, or Tomko can. Hell, Romulo Sanchez may prove to be competent.

                  We just don’t need Hughes back there. We don’t. Not only is it bad for his development, it’s overkill. Our bullpen is already rounding into shape now that the starters are pitching better, and two of our big cogs will be back soon.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Phil is here to serve the needs of the team, not the other way around.

              Indeed. And the team has decided, both firmly and rightly, that the best way for him to serve the team is by being ready to throw 200+ innings at the major league level in 2010. The team has decided the best way for him to serve the team is to take 2009 as a year of building innings and arm strength and overall health. If that building happens at the big league level, that’s fine; if Hughes is one of the best five starters we have he’ll be starting in the bigs. If he’s not, and he won’t be once Wang is back, then he’ll do his role of building innings as a starter by pitching in Scranton.

              The big league club has a bullpen that can’t get anyone out on a regular basis right now and he could help.

              He could. But him helping that big league club bullpen is secondary to him helping the 2010 rotation, and him helping that pen jeopardizes his ability to help that 2010 rotation by limiting his innings for 2010 (by Hughes throwing fewer innings this year), and it doesn’t fit our long-term plans to jeopardize Hughes’s 2010 by altering his 2009. Particularly not when the 2009 bullpen he’d be helping has already been helped by the emergence of Coke and Aceves, the stabilization of Albaladejo, and the impending returns of Bruney, Marte, Melancon and Robertson.

              It’s not about sacrificing this year for the future, it’s about sticking to the sound long term plan we have. There are other ways to fix the 2009 bullpen without damaging the long-term plan we made for 2010 and beyond.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                OK, since there are other way to fix the bullpen, name them.

                Melancon, Robertson and Claggett have all been tried and failed. Now what? Who do you call up instead?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Melancon, Robertson and Claggett have all been tried and failed. Now what? Who do you call up instead?

                  Melancon, Robertson, and Claggett.

                  Because they haven’t “been tried and failed”, they’ve been here for a relative nanosecond. They all deserve a second chance, and they can and will get one.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  Oh come on Steve. Melancon, Robertson and Claggett have exactly 40 IP combined in the big leagues, 35 of which are Robertson’s. That hardly constitutes tried and failed.

                  You’ll have to do better than that.

                • A.D.

                  Those 3 have all thrown less than 5 innings in the majors this year, they’ve barely been tried, let alone being a failure.

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                  If you actually think Dave Robertson, Mark Melancon, and Anthony Claggett are viable options, then you’re more worried about Hughes development than you are the Yanks ability to win games. I don’t share your backwards priorities.

                • V

                  /oaktag.

                  There is no other response.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  If you actually think Dave Robertson, Mark Melancon, and Anthony Claggett are viable options, then you’re more worried about Hughes development than you are the Yanks ability to win games. I don’t share your backwards priorities.

                  Yes and no.

                  I think Robertson, Melancon, and Claggett are viable options because they all have good stuff, they all fit the profiles of a good reliever (can get K’s and not give up walks), they all have an out pitch, they are all still young and improving, and all three of them have good minor league numbers that would indicate major league success. So, first and foremost, it’s not that I have “backwards priorities”, it’s that I have enough of a long-term view to not say something as patently ridiculous as claiming that someone like Mark Melancon has “been tried and failed” after 5 big league innings. I can’t believe someone who pointed out Johan Santana’s struggles above would say something like that, that’s pretty shocking.

                  And yes, I am more worried about Hughes’s development than our ability to win games, because I don’t think we’re all that challenged to win games. I think we have plenty of ability to win games without Hughes in the bullpen.

                  I don’t know if you’ve been watching, but we’re above .500, we’re within 5 games of the Jays, we’re 7-2 in our last 9, and we’re doing all that still without all our weapons. The Washington Nationals have a traveshamockery of a bullpen. We just have 3 weak links at the back of it. It hasn’t stopped us from winning games so far, I don’t think it will stop us from winning games going forward. We’ve already identified four good bullpen pitchers so far (Mo, Coke, Bruney, Aceves). That’s something most teams in baseball can’t say. You’re blowing the bullpen shit way out of proportion on many levels.

                • Tony

                  It’s hilarious how people love to constantly bitch about the Yankees’ inability to develop star players, and then the second they see a hole somewhere they want to blow up the development plan for 22 and 23 year old stud prospects. Take a chill pill and get some perspective. If you want Joba and Hughes to be starters in the future, you’re going to have to deal with getting their innings built up, watching them have a few blowups, and letting them take the time to develop their secondary pitches.

                  If Zack Greinke was a Yankee farmhand 3 years ago, he’d either have been shipped to Cincinnati for a middle reliever two years ago or converted into a swing man to “put the best product on the field.” I’m not even kidding, and it’s a damn shame. Have patience or get used to seeing Tampa and Boston run circles around us every year.

  • Jim in Bingo

    I was at the doubleheader in Binghamton today (left early in game 2 though — had my 3 under-7 kids in tow, 10 innings was about their limit). A few thoughts:

    (1) Vazquez — men amongst boys — well built dude, swung the bat with serious authority. No one else in the ballpark looked in his league at the plate. The 2 doubles in the first game looked like homers off the bat, but it was frigid here today — 50 with a biting wind blowing from left field to right — which kept them in the park.

    (2) Nova looked good. Smooth delivery, polished breaking stuff. Command wasn’t great though which is why, I think, he couldn’t finish batters off.

    (3) Vech looked very good in the field. And the rbi single in the first game was a nice piece of hitting — w/ ss holding the runner on 2nd on he hit the ball the other way throught the hole.

    The B-Mets starter in game 1 also looked good — I guess he’s a converted position player — only been a pitcher for the last year or so — looks like he could help them though.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      At 27, yes Vazquez would be a man amongst boys. Which is part of the reason he should be in AAA. Hes tearing up AA pitching, might as well see what he can do at AAA.

      • Jim in Bingo

        Well, except for the fact that there are a number of players on both teams who are in fact roughly his age, some older — not only 82s but many 83s and some 84s.

        I guess you could argue that there is some huge physiological difference between a 25 yr old and a 27 yr old . . . but you’d be wrong.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    mike i thought joseph was a SS? if him and angelini are playing at the same time, what positions are they playing? are they switching off SS and DH?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He was a 2B actually, and not a great one at that. Joseph is playing 3B while Garrison Lassiter is on the DL.

  • zzzzzz

    crazy, i’m calling you it.

  • Will (the other one)

    Josh Towers? Really? Has that been an all-season thing, or is he a recent pickup?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Just recent, that’s his second start for SWB. Kennedy’s hurt, Hacker was DFA’ed, Aceves is in the bigs, they just needed a warm body to soak up innings.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “On Wang: “Performance-wise he was terrific. This was a much better hitting club. Columbus is a much better offensive club than the team he was facing last time, but his stuff was better last time to be honest. Although he performed great in both outings, he didn’t have the slider that he had last time. His changeup was better today than last time. His fastball velocity was a little bit lower this time than it was last time.

    “At the same time, he handled the lineup and got a lot of groundballs. Facing guys like (Travis) Hafner kind of tells you a little something you want to know. I know Hafner is on a rehab assignment and he’s a guy who can really do some damage if you’re making mistakes, not making some pitches, and he made his pitches. That tells you a lot.

    “What you’d love to see are all pitches working at optimal levels, but that’s not always realistic. Obviously the most important thing is performance and he has performed in his two starts here, there’s no doubt about that.”

    “Ultimately, with him, as long as he’s getting sink, he can pitch and be successful, there’s no doubt about that. And he feels good about himself. I had a chance to talk to him in the trainer’s room, so these are two trips well worthwhile for me. Our team is winning in New York and we are getting closer to being healthy and adding guys like a Bruney and a Wang and that’s a great thing for us.””

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....nd-bruney/

    Sounds to me like they give him one more start down there.

    • BklynJT

      A little concerned that Wang’s velocity was down this time. His bread and butter is that power sinker, and without the mid 90′s velocity, it loses some of its “power”

      • A.D.

        Eh, Wang’s avg velocity the past few years was ~92-93, so seems he should be fine.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          I’d like to see it above 90. Its very hittable if its below that. At 92-93 he’s Chein Ming Wang. At 88-90, he’s Sidney Ponson. No thanks, I keep Hughes in the rotation until he’s 100% ready.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            No thanks, I keep Hughes in the rotation until he’s 100% ready.

            Damn straight.

            And then, when Wang is ready, Hughes goes back to Scranton, keeps accumulating innings and refining his secondary pitches, and then comes up in September and October to pitch out of the pen and be a weapon.

            • andrew

              Where do i sign?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Here, I’ll fax over a sheet for you, just sign at the bottom.

                Ignore all that shit at the top that says “Power of Attorney”, that’s just legal boilerplate mumbo-jumbo. Nothing to worry about.

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  … And the plot of Rocky V rears its ugly head in DOTF.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  … And the plot of Rocky V rears its ugly head in DOTF.

                  Heh.

                  That joke

                  ———

                  My head

                  I avoid Sylvester Stallone and Nicholas Cage movies like the plague. I think the list of Stallone flicks I’ve seen is like 2 films long, and I regret having seen both of them:
                  Demolition Man
                  Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot

                  I’ll take your word that the movie reference was hilarious.

                • Arman Tamzarian

                  Never seen Rocky?

                • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Understandable… To be fair, though, Rocky (the original) was great, and First Blood (the first Rambo flick) was pretty badass. I also remember liking him in Cop Land, but I haven’t seen that movie in years so who knows.

                  Nicholas Cage, though… Yikes. I mean, Wicker Man was hysterical, the only problem is that it wasn’t intended to be.

                  (PS: The plot in Rocky V revolves around Rocky losing all his money because he signed over power of attorney to Paulie, who lost it all. It’s perfectly plausible.)

          • A.D.

            He was hitting 91, and there were issues with the stadium gun, according to CJ